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UW-Superior's Potratz Picks Up Javelin in College, Qualifies for Nationals as a Senior

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Created: May 22, 2018 08:54 PM

Superior, Wisc. - The NCAA Dvision III Track and Field Meet begins this week in La Crosse, Wisconsin and for Noah Potratz of UW-Superior, he's headed to nationals in an event that he didn't pick up until college.

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The senior from Ripon, Wisconsin qualified in the javelin. He's a sprinter and is part of relays with UW-Superior, but during his freshman year, he was throwing a football around and a teammate noticed and encouraged him to try javelin and it turns out, he has a knack for it. Potratz's best throw is just under 60 meters. Nationals go from Thursday through Saturday and he'll throw on Friday.

"I just got to go out there and perform and I can't be too up tight. I just want to take in the moment and just relax because in javelin, we say 'less is more.' If you're trying too hard, you are probably not going to throw as far," says Potratz.

"He's worked very hard and coming in not having thrown the javelin before he got to college and now being a national qualifier - it just says a lot about his own efforts," says UW-Superior Head Coach Glen Drexler.

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